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Buffalo Bills News - January 16, 2015

Marker Ryan begins filling coaching staff [1:56 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Dennis Thurman has been my right-hand man for a long time,” Ryan said. “We’ve been together I think for 12 years (going back to his days with the Baltimore Ravens). I think all through this process you’re seeing coaches get opportunities to be a head coach and Dennis Thurman will be at the top of the list in a very short time. It won’t just be talking about my defense or whatever. This has been Dennis Thurman’s defense, as well as mine, for years.”'

Marker Grading the Bills: Marrone not bad, but won't be missed [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'However, he did lead the Bills to nine victories in 2014, the most since Mike Mularkey — who also quit on the Bills after his second year at the helm — did that in 2004. Buffalo was in the playoff hunt until a disastrous Week 16 loss at Oakland, and Marrone deserves credit for keeping the team on task through the ownership transition, and of course the historic snowstorm that displaced the Bills for nearly a week and cost them a home game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan says he was interested in doing TV, won't 'seek out' HBO's Hard Knocks [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I wasn't going to be a coordinator again," Ryan said. "I was either going to be a head coach in the right place or I was definitely interested in doing the TV thing instead of being a coordinator. But I was very honest and up front. I wanted to be a head coach in the league again but it had to be a good situation. I wasn't just going to take any job. And when the Bills offered me that opportunity to be the head coach I jumped on it."'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Dennis Thurman as defensive coordinator, add seven others to coaching staff [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Aprill III will coach linebackers for the Bills after spending the last two years in the same position with the Jets. Dunbar will coach the defensive line after serving in the same role for Jets the last three seasons. McDonald (defensive backs) and Weeks (assistant defensive line coach) round out the Bills' defensive coaching staff. Donnie Henderson will stay on board with the Bills as co-defensive backs coach.'

Marker Rex Ryan isn't larger than life, and that's how he endeared himself to Buffalo Bills fans [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'If you were marking a notebook with asterisks for every poignant quote from Ryan, your notebook would have looked more like the MLB record book by the time you were done. In less than an hour, Ryan churned out more interesting quotes and answers than his predecessor Doug Marrone did his entire time in Buffalo.'

Marker Hiring of Rex Ryan helped Bills GM Doug Whaley get on same page with owner Terry Pegula [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"Let's look at it this way: I last saw my daughter in 2014," Whaley said Wednesday. "Dec. 31 2014. Since then I've spent every single day with the Pegulas and Russ until yesterday. It was an incredible bonding experience. I think we got a feel for how everybody operates, them for us and us for them. It's something I wasn't planning on doing, but I think we made the best out of the situation."'

Marker Rooting for Rex and backing a Braves banner [1:50 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'True, the Bills-following community has caught some big waves before, only to see them crash down. Remember all the hoopla and dreams of the promised land surrounding the big trade for Drew Bledsoe?'

Marker Friday's New York Coverage [1:49 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Rex Ryan takes NY Jets assistant coaches with him to Buffalo Bills (New York Daily News)
Rex Ryan needs Bills to win or he may lose it all (New York Daily News)
With Chan Gailey running offense, NY Jets could be the right fit for C.J. Spiller (New York Daily News)
Rex Ryan officially adds 7 ex-Jets assistants to Buffalo Bills' staff (Newark Star Ledger)
Defensive coaches following their leader (Bergen Record)

Marker Ryan hires Dennis Thurman as Bills defensive coordinator [1:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Under Thurman, the Jets defense finished sixth in yards allowed in the NFL last season, and 11th in 2013.'

Marker Ryan hires Thurman as Bills defensive coordinator [1:47 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bobby April III (linebackers), Karl Dunbar (defensive line), Tim McDonald (defensive backs), Jason Oszvart (strength and conditioning assistant), Eric Smith (special teams assistant), Tony Sparano Jr. (tight ends) and Jeff Weeks (assistant defensive line) were also hired by the Bills on Thursday.'

Marker Thurman named Bills DC [1:46 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Thurman joins new Bills coach Rex Ryan, under whom Thurman was defensive coordinator for the New York Jets in 2013-14. Thurman also coached defensive backs for the Jets from 2009 to 2012.'

Marker Bills filling out coaching staff [1:45 AM]
WGR-AM reports: ' April spent the past two seasons working with the Jets linebackers. Under April III’s guidance, Calvin Pace recorded his first career double-digit sack season in 2013 when he tallied 10 quarterback takedowns.'

Marker Thurman announced as DC; seven assistants announced [1:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Along with Thurman, seven other assistant will re-join Ryan with the Bills for the 2015 NFL season.'

Marker Bills add seven assistants to coaching staff [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bobby April III, Karl Dunbar, Tim McDonald, Jason Oszvart, Eric Smith, Tony Sparano, Jr. and Jeff Weeks have been hired to the coaching staff as assistants.'

Marker Dennis Thurman named defensive coordinator [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Thurman will enter his 16th year in the NFL coaching ranks in 2015 and third as a defensive coordinator. He served in the same capacity with the New York Jets from 2013-14 after coaching the defensive backs from 2009-12. While coordinator, he oversaw a defense that finished in the top five against the run in both years.'

Marker Why Buffalo already loves Rex Ryan, and the feeling is mutual [1:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The thing I remember most was coming in when my dad was coaching with the Jets, and I was able to get to all the Buffalo Bill games when they would play, and how passionate those fans were, and it was just amazing,” said Rex. “And you always felt that, regardless of what the weather was like, or anything else, it was packed and those fans were so passionate about their team, and that’s another huge reason I am proud to be given this opportunity.”'

Marker Pegulas set promising course for team’s future [1:40 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“I think that we were fortunate that Russ (Brandon) and Doug (Whaley) had experience,” said Terry Pegula. “They sort of mobilized the team. I knew we needed a coach and it was, ‘Well, ok what do we do next?’ Well, these guys started the process. We had some lists. I talked to guys that I know in the league. We put the schedule together and flew around the country. All the way through it, it was a total four-person team that put it all together.”'

Marker Bills announce two as future signings [1:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has signed DB Jonte Green and G Darryl Johnson as reserve/future signings.'

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January 15, 2015

Marker Ryan was his usual brash self [8:57 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'He added, “We’re going to pull this team all together. When you play the Buffalo Bills, you’re going to know that you’re playing a team, not just the 53 guys, but the coaches. The entire organization is going to be pulling that rope in the same direction."'

Marker Rex Ryan hits the right notes in Buffalo debut [8:56 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '“We want the Buffalo Bills to be a nightmare to play against,” Pegula said. “So, that’s our objective. With the staff that Rex is building, and with his knowledge of the game, we’re going to be a tough team defensively, and, I know that Greg Roman used that word, nightmare, and I love it.”'

Marker It’s Rex’s world now, but QB is still a problem [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Do I need to do a better job of maybe building a quarterback and all that kind of stuff? Sure, certainly,” Ryan said when asked about the lessons he learned with the Jets. “We can’t lose games because of the position. We’ve got to take care of the football. We’re going to run the football, but we’re also going to be able to throw the football.”'

Marker Whaley will still assemble roster [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The only change from what was in place with Marrone is that Ryan will report directly to club owners Terry and Kim Pegula, as will Whaley and Brandon.'

Marker Ryan expects defense to be No. 1 [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Fourth in the league is probably a little disappointing, to be honest with you, because that’s not where my expectations are,” Rex Ryan said Wednesday during a news conference introducing him as the 18th head coach in Bills history. “I know we’ll lead the league in defense. That’s just the way it goes.”'

Marker With trademark swagger, Ryan has a knack for Buffalo culture [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ryan had Bills fans at hello. He lived in Toronto for eight years. His father, Buddy, coached at UB. Later, when Buddy coached for the Jets, Rex came to Buffalo to see games at the Rockpile. He gets this place. He knows what makes people tick, and he pushed all the right buttons Wednesday.'

Marker Ryan brings bravado to Bills [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“You do the best job you can,” Ryan said. “I used to always tell my players ‘Don’t listen to that little voice. That little voice tells you “That’s all you got.” But there’s another voice that if you ask for a little bit more, you can get it."'

Marker Rex Ryan vows to 'not let our fans down' [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm not going to let our fans down," the bombastic Ryan said early on during a lively 50-minute Q&A with the media. "I'm not going to do that. I know it's been 15 years since the Bills made the playoffs. Well, get ready man, we're going. We're going. Am I guaranteeing a Super Bowl and all that? I'll tell you what I will do; I will guarantee the pursuit of it. Through hard work, through preparation, we're going to see how many teams match our work ethic, and all that."'

Marker T-Rex: Can he win the game? [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I really don't think that the Buffalo Bills at 9-7 … needed to have a young coach standing in their locker room,'' Pegula said. "I thought we needed to go with somebody who had done it before.'''

Marker Jim Kelly is pumped up about Rex Ryan's arrival [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"He's not a phony, he's going to tell it like it is," Kelly continued. "The media and the players see it in him; what he says he backs it up. Everyone respects him as a coach and I don't think there's many players out there who wouldn't want to play for him."'

Marker Grading the Bills: Special teams [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'According to advanced metrics website Football Outsiders, the Bills ranked 30th in the NFL in 2013 in special teams efficiency, but they soared all the way to fourth in 2014, and the reasons were plentiful.'

Marker Rex Ryan explains firing Jim Schwartz, says Buffalo Bills' defense will rank No. 1 in NFL [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I recognize that we're kind of a little different, but quite honestly, I've been part of record-setting teams that base out of a 4-3 and I've been part of record-setting teams that base out of a 3-4," Ryan said Wednesday. "One thing you'll find out about me is that it's not ego-driven. We're not going to definitely play a 3-4 or a 4-3, for that matter. We're going to have in our arsenal the ability to do anything. As an opponent, you've got to prepare for everything because, if not, I'm going to find out what you're not prepared for and I'll attack you appropriately. That's how we play defense. We play defense based on our personnel, not just the scheme. I don't try to put a square peg in a round hole."'

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